Interbike Gallery: Day 2

Our team on the ground shows off some of what it came across on the second day of the annual trade show.

Lezyne Connect Drive
Lezyne showed off its new Connect Drive system, which wirelessly connects a handlebar control to both the front and rear lights. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Lezyne Connect Drive
Riders can easily control both front and rear lights using the two buttons on the wireless controller. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Lezyne Connect Drive
The front light pumps out 800 lumens, while the rear kicks out 150 lumens. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Lezyne, now in color
We saw Lezyne’s Mega computers in various colors at Eurobike, and now the color line has expanded. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Muc-Off wins the most pink award
Muc-Off is not shy about its affinity for pink. This particular bike was displaying the company’s brake rotor covers. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Slug Plug
The Slug Plug is a convenient and lightweight tool to fix tubeless tires out on the trail. The unique design helps prevent you from pushing the plug too far into the tire. You can also pre-load your plug into the tool, so all you need to do on the trail is pull out your tool and plug the leak. The tool’s handle has an integrated valve core remover too. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Effetto Mariposa Giustaforza
Building on its existing line of Giustaforza torque wrenches, Effetto Mariposa released its Giustaforza 1-8. The new wrench measures from 1 to 8 Newton Meters for more delicate applications. It will be sold as a tool only for $115, or as a kit for $160. The tool itself weighs only 135 grams, so it’s easily stowable in a seat pack or jersey pocket. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Donnelly EMP
Donnelly’s EMP tire is named for Emporia, Kansas, the home of the now-famous Dirty Kanza gravel race. It features an aggressive tread, and the side knobs are the same as those on the BOS cyclocross tire. The 700×38 version will be available in October for $70. A 700×45 version will follow in spring 2019. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Tan sidewalls
Donnelly also offers some of its most popular tires in a tan sidewall option. You’ll be able to get your hands on them in mid-October. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Denise Mueller-Korenek
Denise Mueller-Korenek was on hand to sign autographs only a few days after smashing the bicycle speed record. Now officially the fastest human on a bicycle, Mueller-Korenek pushed her custom KHS bike up to 183.9 miles per hour behind a pace vehicle. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
High Five
Is this the future of bicycle saddle technology? Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
In the running for coolest bike?
Not all the coolest bikes at the show were in vendor booths. This sweet Colnago belonged to a show attendee. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Favorit F3 Expedition
Utilitarian bikes have a much larger presence at trade shows these days, as riders find new ways to explore both on and off road. This beauty from Favorit Bikes features a Lauf fork for hitting the gravel trails home after work. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
I love gold...
Crono’s CR-1 gold shoes certainly look fast. Are you fast enough to back up the aesthetics? They’re ultra-stiff and Crono makes bold claims about the shoe’s ability to plant your heel in place. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Oakley DRT5
It wasn’t long ago that Oakley was entering a crowded helmet market with its lineup of road lids. Now, the dirt crowd gets to play. Oakley showed off the DRT5 at Eurobike, but now it’s even closer to reaching store shelves than ever. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Oakley DRT5
Since Oakley has a long history as an eyewear company, it should come as no surprise that there’s some nifty eyewear integration here. Your sunglasses slot easily into the clips on the back of the helmet. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Nick Lee Wonderwoman
Las Vegas painter Nick Lee is known for his airbrush work. Wonder Woman makes her home atop this Specialized Shiv time trial bike. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Nick Lee Felt
I apologize for taking this photo into the sunlight. It doesn’t do justice to the amazing airbrush job Nick Lee did on this Felt carbon road bike. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Alto CCX40 wheels
The two former Cannondale engineers who partnered to form Alto Cycling are the first to introduce hookless-bead carbon rims (disc brake only) for high-pressure clincher tires. The Alto CCX40 rim accepts tires down to 700x25C and up to 110 psi maximum. A hookless rim is lighter and withstands impacts better than a hook-bead rim of the same width and construction. It also allows the use of a smaller, lighter tire and improves its performance because the inner rim width is greater for the same outer rim width, creating a broader tire stance than a bead hook would allow, stiffening the tire’s sidewalls for better cornering (a round shape resists torsion more than a bulb-shaped one does). Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Alto CCX40 rim
Exhaustive design work created the CCX40’s internal rim shape that allows easy tire mounting with bombproof tire retention without a hook in the rim wall to hang onto the tire bead. Its 21.6mm inner width is about a millimeter wider than that of the CC40 hook-bead (rim brake) rim, despite both having approximately 27mm outer width. The CCX40’s bead lock (a raised inner edge of the rim’s bead shelf) and strictly-held tolerances of the width and diameter of it and of the bead shelf prevent the tire bead from being pushed inward, away from the rim wall on hard cornering. CEO Bobby Sweeting says that the precise central shape of the rim valley, whose circumference and width are just small enough to allow the bead to stretch over the wall and just wide enough to fit both beads, respectively, of tubeless tires (it accepts both tubed and tubeless tires) allows the beads to be pushed on by hand. Simultaneously, the rim valley’s circumference is just big enough and has just the right slope to its ramps that it seals a tubeless tire’s beads so that compressed air blasted in through the valve pushes the beads up the channel’s sides, over the bead lock and onto its seat, rather than escapes out from under the bead. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Alto disc hubs
Alto’s unique hub design prevents side-loading the bearings while maintaining perfect adjustment. Sweeting says that most steel wheel bearings in the bike industry must be counterfeit, since the genuine NSK bearings that Alto uses are $40 apiece, even in large quantities. Precise machining of the bearing seat in the hub shell to the exact tolerance of the bearing to holds it securely without constraining its ball bearings. The smoothness with which these hubs spin on their axles is quite noticeable in the hand. For ceramic-bearing hubs, Alto specs Ceramic Speed for optimal tolerance and smoothness. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
SMP F30 & F30C
SMP’s new F30 and F30 Compact saddles are both 150mm wide at the back and offer a stable pedaling platform for the hips. They both use the same rails, which have very long and straight clamping sections. Since the F30 is 60mm longer than the F30C, and the rails connect at the same place under the downturned nose, the F30’s clamping section is 60mm further forward relative to the tail of the saddle. Thus, the F30C allows a more forward position for riders with short thighs or bikes with slack seat angles, and the F30 affords the opposite. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Velo Angel, Prevail
Velo is also offering saddles matching the new trend toward shorter road racing saddles with a broad, flat rear section. The left one is part of the Angel line, and the right one is part of the new Prevail line. Velo Angel saddles have a full, Y-shaped through-cutout, while Velo Prevail saddles have a base with the same Y-shaped cutout, but are fully covered. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Microshift clutch
Microshift’s XCD 11-speed MTB rear derailleur has a clutch with a ratchet system inside that it claims is more durable than the roller clutches of its competitors. And should it wear out, it is completely serviceable. The internals are accessed by removing a few screws, and Microshift makes replacement parts and promises that QBP will stock them for shops to offer the service themselves or sell the parts to consumers. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
Santana coupler
Santana designed and makes this elegant coupler for its titanium travel tandems in-house. Completely stealthy, only the most astute observer will notice that it is a travel bike. The coupler requires no special tools; it is held together by an M6 bolt underneath. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com
iGo road bike
The new iGo carbon e-bike puts out up to 200 watts of power and weighs 26 pounds. Its electronic interface displays the power the rider is putting out as well as the power the motor is adding to it. Photo: Lennard Zinn | VeloNews.com